NHCF awards three-year grant to Mental Health Center

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGM) was recently awarded $60,000.00 in unrestricted operating support from The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for work through 2023.  This grant was made possible by gifts from the following funds: Bill and Sheila Steele Fund, Community Crisis Action Fund, Community Fund for the Manchester Region, Ethel and Saul Greenspan MRCF Fund, Grandgeorge Family Fund, Leslie S. and Iola M. Hubbard Fund and Manchester Region Community Fund.

The MHCGM system of care treats individuals of all ages (over 11,000 individuals annually) and is the largest outpatient mental health provider in the state of NH. This past year has been a challenging one for many non-profits and The Mental Health Center is grateful for this support, particularly during these trying times.

The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published the following information;  “This devastating pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of daily life. While nations struggle to manage the initial waves of the death and disruption associated with the pandemic, accumulating evidence indicates another “second wave” is building: rising rates of mental health and substance use disorders. This imminent mental health surge will bring further challenges for individuals, families, and communities including increased deaths from suicide and drug overdoses.” Additionaly it was noted that; “A June 2020 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of 5412 US adults found that 40.9% of respondents reported “at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition,” including depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and substance abuse, with rates that were 3 to 4 times the rates 1 year earlier.2 Remarkably, 10.7% of respondents reported seriously considering suicide in the last 30 days.2 The sudden interpersonal loss associated with COVID-19, along with severe social disruption, can easily overwhelm the ways individuals and families cope with bereavement.”

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is pleased to partner with The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in promoting mental wellness for all.